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AfDB grants $46 mln to improve access to water, sanitation in Borena region

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund donated USD 46 million to Ethiopia to implement Phase 2 of the Borana Resilient Water Development for Improved Livelihoods Program in the country’s south.

Financial support from the African Development Bank Group’s concessional rate loans window is intended to improve access to water supply and sanitation services for pastoral communities in the arid lands of the Borena, in the Oromia region.

Borena’s estimated population of 1.2 million people, of whom half are women, is growing rapidly and projected to reach 1.8 million by 2030.

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As of March 2023, over 3.3 million livestock have died of water scarcity in the region, leaving over 67,000 households without livelihoods.  

Beth Dunford, Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development, said that this is a peace-building program in an environment where the extremes of climate change are increasingly manifesting, millions of livestock are lost, and conflicts are increasing among pastoralist due to limited pastures and water supply.

The African Development Fund grant will be used mainly to build and optimize water production and transport systems over more than 85 km. It will also be used to build nine reservoirs, distribution systems (142.6 km) and connections to give 36,000 new users access to drinking water. In addition, 99 watering troughs will be installed for almost 109,000 head of livestock.

The program, according to Osward Chanda, Director, Water Development and Sanitation at African Development Bank Group, responds to the critical challenge of rising water demand in the region.

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The rural and peri-urban communities in the Borana area, who are mainly pastoralists and low-income households, especially women and young people, are the program beneficiaries. 

An estimated 35,816 people will benefit from access to water supply services, of whom half are women. Some 21,000 people, of whom at least half are also women, will benefit from better access to basic sanitation services.


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